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  • 10
  • April
  • 2014

Ohio Issues New General Permits With Additional Fugitive Emissions Detection Requirements

The Ohio EPA's Division of Air Pollution Control issued revised Model General Permits for oil and gas well sites on April 4, 2014. The revised general permits include requirements aimed at reducing fugitive emissions of methane by requiring more frequent leak detection inspections and quick repair of detected leaks. It allows operators to use infrared cameras or portable sampling instruments to detect leaks. For more information on the new general permits, visit the Ohio EPA webpage here.

  • 19
  • November
  • 2013

Colorado and Ohio Elections Yield Different Results for Moratoriums on Hydraulic Fracturing

In Colorado, voters in Boulder, Fort Collins, and Broomfield approved five-year moratoriums on hydraulic fracturing within their boundaries in elections held on November 5th. The recently certified Broomfield vote was so close that it has triggered an automatic recount the week of November 19th. Lafayette, CO, voters approved a resolution banning hydraulic fracturing completely and preventing the transport of drilling waste or chemicals through the town. In Youngstown, OH, a "Community Bill of Rights" amendment to the city's charter that would have prohibited hydraulic fracturing failed by a ten percent margin. A similar charter amendment in Bowling Green, OH lost 75% to 25% while the college town of Oberlin, OH, approved a ballot initiative banning fracking within the city limits.

  • 22
  • June
  • 2012

Now Updated: V&E’s Comprehensive Hydraulic Fracturing Fluid Disclosure Requirements Chart

Vinson & Elkins' Shale & Fracking Practice Group has updated its comprehensive Hydraulic Fracturing Fluid Disclosure Requirements chart. The chart updates the hydraulic fracturing fluid disclosure laws for Ohio, Oklahoma, and Pennsylvania, and covers the Bureau of Land Management's proposed hydraulic fracturing fluid disclosure requirements for drilling on federal lands. You can view the disclosure chart here.

  • 25
  • May
  • 2012

Ohio Passes New Oil and Gas Statute

On May 24th, the Ohio legislature passed Senate Bill 315 (SB 315) which, among other things, revises Ohio's oil and gas statutes to address the horizontal drilling and fracking technologies currently in use in Ohio.  SB 315 now goes to Governor John Kasich for his signature. A prior V&E E-communication, available hereoutlines the most recent legislative and regulatory fracking developments in Ohio, including the changes then-proposed by SB 315.

  • 09
  • May
  • 2012

New and Expected State Fracking Rules and Bans in OH, CA, and VT

  • Ohio's Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review approved new rules on May 7 on well construction, permitting, and drilling that will take effect August 1.
  • California is also expected to propose new regulations on hydraulic fracturing and injection wells. The Department of Conservation released a "road mapon May 3 outlining its plan to review current regulations.
  • Finally, the Vermont legislature has passed the first of its kind state ban on hydraulic fracturing and the governor has said he will sign it. This action is largely symbolic given the lack of shale oil and gas in the state.

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